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LESSON 30 JASHER CH 27

ESAU BEHEADS NIMROD

 

JASHER 27

1. And Esau at that time, after the death of Abraham, frequently went in the field to hunt.

2. And Nimrod king of Babel, the same was Amraphel, also frequently went with his mighty men to hunt in the field, and to walk about with his men in the cool of the day.

3. And Nimrod was observing Esau all the days, for a jealousy was formed in the heart of Nimrod against Esau all the days.

4. And on a certain day Esau went in the field to hunt, and he found Nimrod walking in the wilderness with his two men.

5. And all his mighty men and his people were with him in the wilderness, but they removed at a distance from him, and they went from him in different directions to hunt, and Esau concealed himself from Nimrod, and he lurked for him in the wilderness.

6. And Nimrod and his men that were with him did not know him, and Nimrod and his men frequently walked about in the field at the cool of the day, and to know where his men were hunting in the field

7. And Nimrod and two of his men that were with him came to the place where they were, when Esau started suddenly from his lurking place, and drew his sword, and hastened and ran to Nimrod and cut off his head.

8. And Esau fought a desperate fight with the two men that were with Nimrod, and when they called out to him, Esau turned to them and smote them to death with his sword.

9. And all the mighty men of Nimrod, who had left him to go to the wilderness, heard the cry at a distance, and they knew the voices of those two men, and they ran to know the cause of it, when they found their king and the two men that were with him lying dead in the wilderness.

10. And when Esau saw the mighty men of Nimrod coming at a distance, he fled, and thereby escaped; and Esau took the valuable garments of Nimrod, which Nimrod's father had bequeathed to Nimrod, and with which Nimrod prevailed over the whole land, and he ran and concealed them in his house.

11. And Esau took those garments and ran into the city on account of Nimrod's men, and he came unto his father's house wearied and exhausted from fight, and he was ready to die through grief when he approached his brother Jacob and sat before him.

12. And he said unto his brother Jacob, Behold I shall die this day, and wherefore then do I want the birthright? And Jacob acted wisely with Esau in this matter, and Esau sold his birthright to Jacob, for it was so brought about by the Lord.

13. And Esau's portion in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham had bought from the children of Heth for the possession of a burial ground, Esau also sold to Jacob, and Jacob bought all this from his brother Esau for value given.

14. And Jacob wrote the whole of this in a book, and he testified the same with witnesses, and he sealed it, and the book remained in the hands of Jacob.

15. And when Nimrod the son of Cush died, his men lifted him up and brought him in consternation, and buried him in his city, and all the days that Nimrod lived were two hundred and fifteen years and he died.

16. And the days that Nimrod reigned upon the people of the land were one hundred and eighty-five years; and Nimrod died by the sword of Esau in shame and contempt, and the seed of Abraham caused his death as he had seen in his dream.

17. And at the death of Nimrod his kingdom became divided into many divisions, and all those parts that Nimrod reigned over were restored to the respective kings of the land, who recovered them after the death of Nimrod and all the people of the house of Nimrod were for a long time enslaved to all the kings of the land.

 

 

Jasher 27:1

"after the death of Abraham."

Nimrod was 40 years old when Abraham was born:

Jasher 7:

34. And when Nimrod was forty years old, at that time there was a war between his brethren and the children of Japheth, so that they were in the power of their enemies.

51. Terah was seventy years old when he begat him, and Terah called the name of his son that was born to him Abram, because the king had raised him in those days, and dignified him above all the princes that were with him.

So if Nimrod died when he was 215 years old (Jasher 27:16), he died the same year that Abraham died (Abraham died at 175, Jasher 26:29).

Jasher 27:

16. And the days that Nimrod reigned upon the people of the land were one hundred and eighty-five years; and Nimrod died by the sword of Esau in shame and contempt, and the seed of Abraham caused his death as he had seen in his dream.

Jasher 26:

29.And it was at that time that Abraham died, in the fifteenth year of the life of Jacob and Esau, the sons of Isaac, and all the days of Abraham were one hundred and seventy-five years, and he died and was gathered to his people in good old age, old and satisfied with days, and Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him.

Thus, this occurred in the "fifteenth year" of Esau's life. So he was only 15 when he killed Nimrod, and Jacob was only fifteen when he bought the birthright from Esau.

Jasher 27:3

"Nimrod was observing... jealousy was formed... against Esau."

The sinful Nimrod had much fear within him. The devil does not give peace to his converts, as does our God. The devil enjoys allowing his subjects to be in turmoil and fear, for he devils and all his cohorts also fear their bitter end. Nimrod, like the devil, had been told of one who was to come and destroy him. As Genesis 3:15 put fear in all the devils of this earth, so the prophecies that Nimrod received put fear within him, that lasted all his life.

First, there was the sign to his "conjurors".

Jasher 8:1-13:

"...his conjurors came and ate and drank in the house of Terah... the wise men and conjurors went out from the house of Terah, they lifted up their eyes toward heaven ... behold one very large star came from the east and ran in the heavens, and he swallowed up the four stars from the four sides of the heaven... This only betokens the child that has been born to Terah this night, who will grow up... be fruitful... multiply, and possess all the earth, he and his children for ever, and he and his seed will slay great kings, and inherit their lands... And thy servants were astonished at the sight, and knew by our wisdom the proper interpretation thereof."

Then, later, the king had a prophetic dream:

Jasher 12:45-58

"...and the king fell asleep and dreamed that he was standing with his troops and hosts in a valley opposite the king's furnace... And he lifted up his eyes and saw a man in the likeness of Abram coming forth from the furnace... Now therefore my king, surely thou knowest that it is now fifty-two years since thy sages saw this at the birth of Abram, and if my king will suffer Abram to live in the earth it will be to the injury of my lord and king, for all the days that Abram liveth neither thou nor thy kingdom will be established, for this was known formerly at his birth; and why will not my king slay him, that his evil may be kept from thee in the latter days?"

The first prophecy came 175 years before Nimrod felt its fulfillment, and the second came 123 years before it came to pass for Nimrod. God does give prophetic warnings, and we all expect to see them fulfilled immediately. The fulfillment of dreams, visions, and prophecies may be years in coming!

Jasher 27:10

"valuable garments"

These are not just jeweled, expensively prepared garments of the king. These are the garments mentioned in:

Jasher 7:23-30:23

"And Cush the son of Ham, the son of Noah, took a wife in those days, in his old age, and she bare him a son, and they called his name Nimrod, saying, At that time the sons of men again began to revel and transgress against God, and the child grew up, and his father loved him exceedingly, for he was the son of his old age. And THE GARMENTS OF SKIN WHICH GOD MADE FOR ADAM AND HIS WIFE, when they went out of the garden, were given to Cush. For after the death of Adam and his wife, the garments were given to Enoch, the son of Jared, and when Enoch was taken up to God, he gave them to Methuselah, his son. And at the death of Methuselah, Noah took them and brought them to the ark, and they were with him until he went out of the ark. And in their going out, HAM STOLE THOSE GARMENTS from Noah his father, and he took them and hid them from his brothers. And when Ham begat his first born Cush, he gave them the garments in secret, and they were with Cush many days. And Cush also concealed them from his sons and brothers, and when Cush had begotten Nimrod, he gave him those garments through his love for him, and Nimrod grew up, and when he was twenty years old, he put on the garments. And Nimrod became strong when he put on the garments."

These were the garments originally prepared for Adam and Eve, and had symbolic power, in that they represented the right to rule in the authority from Adam, as passed to him from God. Nimrod gained possession only because his grandfather, Ham, had stolen them. Now, Esau is also stealing them, but they shall shortly be restored to the one meant to have them.

Jasher 27:12

"Esau sold his birthright to Jacob, for it was brought about by the Lord."

Esau was weary, and full of fear for his life after killing Nimrod. He was certain he would die that day for the crime. This is the reason Esau so easily sold the "garments" which were the symbol of his "birthright", as being the firstborn of Isaac, to possess the "garments". The "garments" were his by right, but God intended Jacob, the second born to have them, and so God "brought about" these circumstances.

Jasher 27:16

"Nimrod died by the sword of Esau in shame and contempt."

All the evil, the possessing of those special garments, and the treacherous, devious, scheming of Nimrod could not defer, or stop the plan of God. The people were happy at his death. They did not seek to avenge his murder against Esau, for they were glad to be rid of this evil person.

THE GARMENTS

These were the garments originally prepared for Adam and Eve, and had symbolic power, in that they represented the right to rule in the authority from Adam, as passed to him from God. Nimrod gained possession only because his grandfather, Ham, had stolen them. Now, Esau is also stealing them, but they shall shortly be restored to the one meant to have them.

In Jasher 27:12, we read:

"Esau sold his birthright to Jacob, for it was brought about by the Lord."

Esau was weary, and full of fear for his life after killing Nimrod. He was certain he would die that day for the crime. This is the reason Esau so easily sold the "garments" which were the symbol of his "birthright", as being the firstborn of Isaac, to possess the "garments". The "garments" were his by right, but God intended Jacob, the second born to have them, and so God "brought about" these circumstances.

Jasher 27:16

"Nimrod died by the sword of Esau in shame and contempt."

All the evil, the possessing of those special garments, and the treacherous, devious, scheming of Nimrod could not defer or stop the plan of God. The people were happy at his death. They did not seek to avenge his murder against Esau, for they were glad to be rid of this evil person.

Esau felt doomed by his actions, and was in total despair when he met Jacob later that day. He had little regard for the garments that meant so much spiritually. These were his birthright, and the symbolic symbol of his right to rule. They meant little to him, and he sold them very easily.

Had he felt that he could have lived more than a couple of days, his decision would have been different. In fact, he did take them back from Jacob later, when he realized he would not be killed in retaliation for his murder of Nimrod.

When Jacob went into Isaac with the purpose of obtaining the birthright that rightfully belonged to him, he had to put on the garments that he had purchased from Esau, but that Esau had re-claimed as his own.

Genesis 27:15

"And Rebekah took the goodly raiment of her eldest son, Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son."

Esau had felt the garments, or the birthright they represented were not worth much, especially if he were to die soon, but after that fear passed, he wanted both the garments, and the double portion blessing from Isaac. His lack of regard for the value of the garments and blessing caused God, with His foreknowledge, to plan of Jacob to receive both.


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